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While on a six-day journey with her eccentric grandparents, Gram and Gramps, Salamanca Tree Hiddle faces and comes to terms with her life as it is and not as she expected it to be. Sal has and is facing challenges that many thirteen-year-olds can identify with and yet, some that are out of the ordinary. The book is multi-layered with three main stories. The first is the story of her trip with her grandparents. The second is the story of Phoebe Winterbottom's family and Phoebe's mother's disappearance. The third story that underlies Phoebe's story is Sal's story of the loss of her mother.

Although information about Sal's mother, Sugar, is revealed throughout the story, the reader until the end of the book does not know the truth of what happened to Sugar. What the reader does know is that Sugar left home to visit family in Lewiston, Idaho and Sal is on a trip with her grandparents retracing her mother's journey.

Even though the reader does not know Sugar is dead until the last chapters, Sal's conflict over her mother's leaving is evident from the beginning.

Sugar left in search of her identity. Sal wonders if there was something she did or didn't do that contributed to her mother's needing to leave. Reflection of postcards Sal received from Sugar on her trip serves to reassure Sal of her mother's love for her. At the end of the book what happened to Sugar becomes clear as Sal completes her journey locating a wreck and then her mother's gravesite.

What is revealed in the first chapters is Sugar did not return from her journey to Lewiston, Idaho, and Sal and her Dad have moved from Sal's beloved farm to the city. Sal struggles to adjust to her new life, make new friends, and settle into a new school, all without her mother. To make matters worse Sal's Dad spends time with a lady friend, Mrs. Cadaver. Sal refuses to "give Mrs. Cadaver a chance," choosing, instead to imagine that Mrs. Cadaver has been named appropriately and has buried bodies in her backyard. In reality, Mrs. Cadaver became a friend of Sugar's on the bus trip. Sugar had talked with Margaret Walk Two Moons 4955 about Sal and her dad. Margaret was with Sugar before she died.

Sal entertains her grandparents along the trip by "spinning yarns." She tells Phoebe Winterbottom, her new friend, whose mother has mysteriously left the family while a "lunatic" has suspiciously appeared at Phoebe's front door. Phoebe and her family are contrasted by life in the Finney family.

Creech models this fun, active, large, accepting family after her own. Mr. Birkway's teaching style provides opportunities for the adolescents in the story to experience and explore various aspects of their inner self.

Sal's also reveals her first kiss in her story telling. During the travels the reader gains insight into Gram and Gramps' relationship as they share their own stories and respond to Sal.

As Sal tells the events of Phoebe's family, clues about Sugar's disappearance unfold. Through Sal's rendition of the stories of her friends in Euclid, she begins to make sense of the circumstances that have lead to her journey.

In the last chapters, Gram becomes seriously ill and must be admitted to a hospital. Gramps, realizing how important it is for Sal to finish tracing her mother's footsteps, allows Sal to drive herself on into Lewiston, Idaho.

A police officer discovers Sal, as she is examining the wreckage of her mother's bus. With the help of the officer, Sal makes it to her mother's gravesite.

Sal, who has much of her mother's Indian-ness in her looks and ways, realizes that her mother lives on through nature: in the trees, the birds, and even inside of her. In the end, the trip has provided Sal with the opportunity to walk in her mother's shoes, see what she has seen, feel what she might have felt on this her last trip, and let go of her dream that her mother will return.

The story ends on a positive note as Sal, her dad, and Gramps return to their farm in Bybanks. Sal reflects and understands the reasons she didn't get to go to Lewiston at the time of her mother's death, why her dad had to leave the farm, and what bravery really is.

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